Development of a short-stay unit in an emergency department
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Development of a short-stay unit in an emergency department

John Power Teaching fellow, The School of nursing and midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast
Olivia McManus Sister, The Short-stay unit, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

John Power and Olivia McManus describe the training and practical requirements of introducing advanced nurse practice in a hospital in Northern Ireland

In 2009, the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, established a nine-bed, short-stay unit in its emergency department. This article explains the rationale for the model of care delivery adopted, and the importance of developing and working with integrated care pathways. It also discusses four areas essential to the effective running of the unit: interdisciplinary collaboration, training for clinical nurse leaders, management of change and leadership.

Emergency Nurse. 21, 2, 18-22. doi: 10.7748/en2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Accepted: 08 March 2013